November 1st 2017

Weekend round-up 30/10/17

158 RLC at LCFC

158 RLC at LCFC

The Poppy Appeal and Remembrance Day commemorations truly kicked off this weekend.

Both Royal Naval Reserve unit HMS Sherwood and members of 158 Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) were at the King Power Stadium to help Leicester City FC with their annual Remembrance fixture on Sunday.

Ahead of Leicester’s 2-0 English Premier League victory over Everton the reservists were out in force collecting for the Poppy Appeal and forming a guard of honour on the pitch as the two teams came out.

Members of 158 RLC were out and about throughout the weekend. 160 (Lincoln) Squadron were also at Lincoln City FC on Saturday as the home side paid their respects to the fallen in their 0-0 League Two draw with Crawley Town. An impeccable minute’s silence was held by fans ahead of the match.

The regiment was also involved with the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall on Saturday night. Chilwell Military Wives Choir and Harborough Band were among those that took part in the event.

A similar Festival of Remembrance was held at Mansfield’s Palace Theatre on Saturday which was boosted by the attendance of the Mansfield Sea and Royal Marines Cadets. Nottingham Sea Cadets were also in Mansfield collecting for the Poppy Appeal and a number of others did the same outside Notts County FC’s Meadow Lane ground on Saturday.

LNR ACF remember the fallen

LNR ACF remember the fallen

This year’s commemorations of the fallen will be particularly poignant for members of LNR Army Cadet Force (ACF) who have just returned from a week of touring World War One battlefields on the Belgian and French border. The second part of their week saw them take on the ‘Somme Saunter’ where they explored some of the monuments erected in memory of those that took part in that battle.

1188 (Coalville) Squadron RAF Air Cadets joined forces with the Whitwick Branch of the Royal British Legion to hold special ceremonies at the gravesides of two war heroes from the local area. Both Thomas Elsdon Ashford and William Dolman Bees were both given the Victoria Cross for their exploits in World War One and the Second Boer War respectively. The cadets held a service and played the last post at both of their graves.

It was a busy weekend for 2222 (Brigg) Squadron of the RAF Air Cadets who not only set up a stall collecting money for the Poppy Appeal at Brigg Garden Centre, they also manned the water stands at the Brigg 10k Poppy Run on Sunday.

Members of their squadron were also among the many taking part in Silver Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Awards expeditions. 47F Grantham cadets joined them for a weekend excursion in the Peak District. Also on the DofE trail in Derbyshire were 204 (City of Lincoln) and 1237 (North Hykeham) Squadrons.

Cadets from 1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron were also out and about in Leicestershire as they looked to gain their Bronze Award.

For a number of Air Cadets it was also a sporting weekend with trials held for numerous regional teams. Congratulations to all the cadets that have made their teams and will be representing their region in the future.

Sea Cadets five a side football tournament

Sea Cadets five a side football tournament

There was also a five-a-side football tournament for Sea Cadets this weekend. Nottingham and Northampton Sea Cadets were among those in attendance.

Both units also had members among those from across the country enjoying the blustery conditions at Thrapston Boat Station this weekend who were gaining their level one and two sailing qualifications.

From units across the East Midlands there were a host of other volunteer and cadets scattered around the country at a vast range of training courses from meteorology to youth development.

There are plenty of options for musicians to expand their horizons and play with new people in both the cadets and Reserve Forces too. A group of those from the Band and Corps of Drums of Lincolnshire ACF joined musicians from across the country for the Cadet Force Music Concentration over the weekend held in Crowborough, East Sussex.

There will certainly be plenty of Halloween shenanigans at cadet units over the next week, but Lincoln Sea Cadets got them started on Saturday as they put on a Cadet Halloween Party on Saturday night.

What did you get up to last weekend?